Bullard students getting ready for solar race
POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 8:07pm
Bullard junior and senior high school students have been working day and night building a solar car from scratch for a competition in July.
The Winston Solar Car competition challenges students across the country on their ability to build and race a solar car.
"I'm very nervous lots to do but very proud of these kids," said Bullard high school science and engineer teacher Stacy Gwartney.
The race starts in Fort Worth and ends at the Science Museum Center in L.A.
Students have eight days to get to California with one rest day in El Paso.
Whoever gets to L.A. with the most miles wins. Students are confident they will bring home the gold.
"I'm confident that we will be able to do it. We have a great team that has their minds set to this and you know if you can set your mind to something that's half the battle," said Senior Cullen Hippler.
The students have a good shot at winning because the car is made out of carbon fiber, a material that is 8 times stronger than steel and very light.
The most important piece to the car came from a Polish Engineer now living in Connecticut.
Three students got to travel to Connecticut to pick up the piece that will be holding the car together.
Bullard students are the only people in the United States with the carbon fiber tubes.
Anew technology that is rarely known around the country.
"Members of our team decided it would be cool to use something a little bit different. We still have some light weight material with the weight advantage that we wanted," said Hippler.
An all girls team from Mississippi has won every year for the past 11 years. The Bullard students say this year they will break the girls winning streak.
"We're gonna win. I mean if we get everything done if we do i don't want to sound cocky or anything but if we get the car done i don't see why we wont win," said Senior Austin Gwartney.